Massive infrastructure needed for allocation of house lots – Rodrigues

The new Administration has inherited several issues that must be resolved concerning the allocation and infrastructure of house lots.

Minister Susan Rodrigues

This is according to Minister within the Housing and Water Ministry, Susan Rodrigues, who on Monday during an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI) said that “persons received letters saying they were allocated house lots in certain areas. The difficulty we have is that in those areas that persons were allocated, most have no infrastructure or they lack even basic infrastructure.”
This, she said, means the Ministry will have to embark on massive infrastructural works to create these house lots, adding that this is contributing to the backlog in the system.
“Let me say, that house lots do not exist! There are just muddy plots of land that do not have any infrastructure…To compound this, many of the areas that have been allocated, the transaction, the transfer of those land has not been made to CH&PA. So, that is contributing to the backlog and unless we properly acquire those lands, do the infrastructural work which we are mandated to do and then properly allocate them, that’s the only way we can start to roll out our programme,” DPI quoted the Minister as saying.
Basic infrastructure, such as water, electricity and roads to create access to those plots of land will have to be installed.
“We have to identify areas that are currently controlled by CH&PA [Central Housing and Planning Authority] and begin infrastructure in those areas. [Therefore,] to deliver on our promise, we have to now look for additional areas, the land we have to first acquire and then carry out infrastructural work before we can allocate those lands and we will remain steadfast to that commitment,” Minister Rodrigues emphasised.
Since persons were issued letters to inaccessible lands under the previous Administration, the Housing Ministry will now have to put the allocation of house lots on hold; while the necessary groundwork is done to allow persons to be properly allocated so they can begin building their homes.
Minister Rodrigues assured that the Ministry is currently targeting the preparation of lands.
She reminded that President Irfaan Ali once worked in the housing sector and as such the Ministry will be working closely with him “because we can draw from his experience while he was Minister of Housing and Water. So, citizens can rest assured that we remain committed despite the challenges we face.”